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Created: 01 Apr 2013 • Updated: 07 Apr 2013 | 6 comments
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Hello -

Can somebody suggest if my Backup host for VMware backups can be Linux also I wanted to know if this can be a virtual machine?

I have read Netbackup for VMware which was of not much helpful.


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muhanad.daher's picture


backup host can be a suse linux, but start of can be a redhat, but you need to check the compatability.


Muhanad Daher

Senior Data Center Engineer

Andrea Bolongaro's picture

Hello Harish,

you have to check NetBackup Master Compatibility List

For your specific question, please find the answer in

Statement of Support for NetBackup 7.x in a Virtual Environment

page 15, in section "Supported platforms for the VMware backup host and backup media

Yes, Vmware backup host may be virtualized but in this case there are some restrictions.

Hope this helps.


Glenn_P's picture

NetBackup for VMware Backup host on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server: With NetBackup, your SuSE Linux Enterprise Server can be a VMware Backup host with full VADP support.

I would say its best to have it as a physical server to offload any processing from the ESX servers.

Hope this helps.



Marianne's picture

Have a look at this 'Featured Post': 

NetBackup includes the following proliferations and enhancements:  

  • vSphere 5.1 Support - Consuming VDDK 5.0 U1
  • VMware backup host is now supported on the following operating systems:
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5 x64
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 x64

Also see: 
Statement of Support for NetBackup 7.x in a Virtual Environment ( Virtualization Technologies ):

Hope this helps!

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